Only One Candidate in Louisiana’s Senate Runoff Embraces Climate Change Facts

Megan Geuss, writing for Ars Technica:

On Saturday December 10, Louisiana residents will cast their final ballots for the last unclaimed Senate seat of the 2016 elections. […] Foster Campbell, the top remaining Democratic candidate, has been vocal about the fact that climate change could cause “irreversible damage” to Louisiana’s ample coastline. John Kennedy, the Republican candidate and current polling favorite, has largely avoided the subject. Kennedy told Louisiana-based paper The Advocate this fall that although he accepts the fact that global temperatures are rising, he does not think there is evidence to explain why this is happening.

As Ars has noted before, this is false. There is more than sufficient evidence to show that human activity is the dominant cause of global warming.

What’s surprising about Kennedy’s statement is that he’s running for a Senate position in Louisiana, one of the states most vulnerable to the effects of climate change.

Looks like a long shot for Campbell in the polls, but as we saw a month ago, long shots in the polls sometimes win. If you’re in Louisiana, vote. If you know someone in Louisiana, send them a reminder to vote.

Friday, 9 December 2016